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It’s All About the Voter Suppression, Don’t You Know

Filed under: 2014 Election,Buffoons,General — JVW @ 10:43 pm

[guest post by JVW]

Some gal named Maria Theresa Kumar on MSNBC claimed during that network’s election coverage that changes to the Voting Rights Act contributed greatly to the GOP wave earlier tonight. She lamented that she had been at the University of Florida in Gainesville a couple of weeks ago and “50,000 students found that their voting booth had been removed.” Not sure what she means – is she talking about a removal of all polling locations from the campus? That would presuppose that all 50,000 students live on campus, which I find to be highly unlikely, but let’s put that aside for a moment. Were University of Florida students left without any voting locations on Election Day 2014? Let’s go to the Alachua County Supervisor of Elections website and see for ourselves. Here is a map of the area around the university with the polling locations marked with the blue pins:

Gainesville map

By my account that’s at least four (and probably five) on-campus polling locations, with another five or so within a mile walk of the campus boundaries. Yep, those poor college kids sure are finding lots of roadblocks in front of them in trying to vote. But nice try anyway, Ms. Kumar.


14 Responses to “It’s All About the Voter Suppression, Don’t You Know”

  1. RAYCSSSSS!!!!

    redc1c4 (4db2c8)

  2. Democrats argue that even college students are children incapable of accessing the myriad sources of information on polling places.

    If they saw Americans as adults, it gets harder to argue for the Nanny State.

    Estragon (ada867)

  3. How do expect them to read a map, follow directions?

    Gerald A 11/2006 (2c96c6)

  4. Presumably she was also concerned about the Bexar County, Texas, voting machines that failed to list Greg Abbott as one of the candidates for Governor? Or the Maryland machines that needed to be “recalibrated” so that they wouldn’t register a vote for the [D] when the voter pressed the [R] button? Oh wait! Her concern isn’t about facts, it’s how she FEEEEELS. That being the case, she’ll be even more irrational and unhappy later this morning when she sees the Republican sweep. And then her feelings will lead to even more silliness.

    bobathome (5ccbd8)

  5. I take back what I said about Rauner beating Quinn and voter fraud. Here’s Quinn hoping that enough ballot boxes will be stuffed for him at the last minute.

    nk (dbc370)

  6. That would presuppose that all 50,000 students live on campus, which I find to be highly unlikely

    Also of note: Most college students don’t legally change their address to an address at the college. As a practical matter, most schools will put you at different addresses from year to year, so it would be impossible anyway. But in practice, most 18-22 year old college students have their legal address as living with their parents so their parents gain tax benefits. And of course, your legal address is where you vote. Most college students in EVERY election have to vote by absentee ballot because they’re not actually in their precinct on election day.

    jmac_the_man (02d2f1)

  7. “Q: What are the second three funniest things in the world?

    A: Tits and a clown.”

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  8. Maria Kumar lies

    she lies and lies

    she needs to cut it out with all the lying

    happyfeet (09ace0)

  9. Voter suppression, voter intimidation, voter fraud: these will all be part of the litany of excuses we’ll start hearing from Democrats today. Of course, what they really mean is their attempts at voter suppression, voter intimidation, and voter fraud didn’t work.

    Edoc118 (8b952d)

  10. I saw that on MSNBC. Pitiful. And it was all about voters being mad at Dems and Repubs equally! No matter that Repubs largely kept their seats.

    Patricia (5fc097)

  11. I live in the Gainesville area and am a UF alumni. Every one of those pins on the map is in a dense student residential area. The one to the north east is in an area called the ‘student ghetto’ for example. I don’t see one at the Student Union where there used to be one but otherwise those are all student voting stations.

    Agesilaus (40484d)

  12. Her best friend, Ms. Harold, was unavailable for comment…

    the bhead (fbcafb)

  13. The online map showed a polling place at the Reitz Union. If you can’t haul yourself there you are lazy.

    Jeff (96f994)

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